2019 Duplin County Program Impact Report

Approved: January 21, 2020

I. Executive Summary

NC State Extension in Duplin County has a staff of five full-time agents including its director, one cross-county agent housed in the county, five part time or full time positions funded fully or partly by grants, two support staff, one 4-H Program Assistant funded by the county, one Agricultural Technician funded by NC A&T SU, and one Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Southeast District Extension Associate. In addition, multi-county agents housed in other counties support Extension efforts in the county.

In 2019, the Duplin County staff connected with citizens through newsletters, email, social media, print media, text and phone, presentations, field days, conferences, one-on-one visits, and similar contact - staff made 148,634 total contacts. In 2019, the Duplin County staff secured $108,349.55 through grants, donations, and user fees and volunteers provided 24,136 hours of service at a value of $613,780. Total farm cash receipts for Duplin County in 2017 (North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) were $1,063,119,690 which ranks Duplin County second in the state for agricultural income.

NC State Extension in Duplin County offered training to commercial and consumer horticulture clients, livestock producers, youth and parents, field crop clients, senior adults, and other county stakeholders. Highlighted impacts of the year include:

4-H Youth Development through activities such as 4-H Congress, 4-H Prevention, and Embryology:
5,601 youth increased knowledge in local food and agricultural systems
2,199 youth increased or improved knowledge, attitudes, skills and/or aspirations regarding leadership
441 youth used effective life skills

Animal Production Systems through activities such as animal waste education and quality assurance programs:
375 farmers implemented best management practices related to nutrition and health for beef cattle
1,590 animal waste credits were earned
489 producers increased knowledge of pasture and forage management practices

Community Development through activities such as disaster trainings:
736 increased knowledge about disaster mitigation, preparation, and recovery

Consumer Horticulture through activities such as school gardens and Beekeeping Club activities:
135 participants gained knowledge or acquired skills related to vegetable and fruit gardening
34 individuals used extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens

Food Safety and Nutrition through activities such as Safe Plates and preservation workshops:
157 adults increased their fruit and vegetable consumption
104 participants increased their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
1,382 youth increased their physical activity

Plant Production Systems through activities such as commodity meetings and pesticide education:
446 pesticide applicators received continuing education credits
365 crop producers adopted best management practices
467 crop producers increased knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills related to best management practices, pest management, financial management, or value-added programs

II. County Background

Duplin County is located in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina. Duplin is the 9th largest county in North Carolina with a total area of 822 square miles. There are 10 incorporated towns in the county: Calypso, Faison, Warsaw, Kenansville, Magnolia, Rose Hill, Teachey, Wallace, Greenevers and Beulaville. Interstate 40, U.S. Highway 117, and North Carolina Highways 11, 24, 50, 403 and 903, serve the county. Rail service is available through CSX Rail service and the Duplin County Airport provides a 6,000-foot paved, lighted runway.

According to the US Census Bureau, Duplin County population estimates in 2016 were 58,969. Duplin County residents are 70.1% white, 25.9% African American, 21.9% Hispanic/Latino, 1.4% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.7 Asian. Duplin County is largely rural and is a leading agricultural county in North Carolina and the United States. 24.5% of the population is composed of youth aged less than 18 years and 17% of the population is composed of adults aged 65 and over. 21.3% of the county's population is considered to be living at the poverty level.

In 2017, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Agricultural Statistics Division reported Duplin County farm income cash receipts estimates were $1,063,119,690 representing about 940 farms. Approximately 75 percent of the county’s economy is directly related to agriculture. In 2017, Duplin County ranked 1st in North Carolina in hog production, 1st in broilers, 2nd in turkeys, 5th in beef cows, 4th in corn, 1st in hay, 10th in soybeans, and 9th in sweet potatoes. The strength in production agriculture anchors approximately 230,925 acres of farmland in the County as well as the agribusinesses that support this economy. Of the roughly $1 billion in receipts, about 90 percent was generated from livestock sales, demonstrating the significant influence of this sector.

III. Objectives to Address the Cooperative Extension Long Range Plan

Our family and consumer sciences programs improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Our plant production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
82Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
42Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
446Number of pesticide applicators receiving continuing education credits
12Number of pesticide credit hours provided
17Number of Certified Crops Advisors receiving continuing education credits
467Number of crop (all plant systems) producers increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, and/or skills as related to: 1. Best management production practices (cultural, nutrient, and genetics) 2. Pest/insect, disease, weed, wildlife management 3. Financial/Farm management tools and practices (business, marketing, government policy, human resources) 4. Alternative agriculture, bioenergy, and value-added enterprises
12Number of Extension initiated and controlled county demonstration test sites
8Number of Certified Crops Advisors credit hours provided
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
42Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
20Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
2Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
20Number of farmers, employees or family members adopting regular use of appropriate PPE following AgriSafe or Certified Safe Farm participation
5Number of participants that have adopted farm safety practices
108Number of producers reporting reduction in fertilizer used per acre
2000Number of acres in conservation tillage or other Best Management Practice
365Number of crop (all plant systems) producers adopting best management practices, including those practices related to nutrient management, conservation, production, cultivars, pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), business management, and marketing
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our animal production programs improve production, profitability, and sustainability of the agriculture sector.

Value* Outcome Description
150Number of producers who improve local food marketing skills or knowledge.
150Number of producers who gain skills or knowledge to increase production for local markets.
453Number of animal producers who increased knowledge of farm business management, business planning, financial management, marketing, or estate planning.
375Number of animal producers who learned how to develop a management plan (i.e. grazing plan, feeding plan, drought plan, business plan, disaster plan, etc.)
489Number of producers who increased knowledge of pasture/forage management practices (field improvement, herbicide management, grazing season extension, weed control, forage quality, haylage production, nitrate testing, etc.)
375Number of producers who increased knowledge of nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplements, breeding, and reproduction
375Number of producers who increased knowledge of the strategies to promote animal health and welfare and reduce the potential for infectious diseases through proper use of vaccines, biosecurity, detection and identification of common diseases, appropriate use of animal medications, and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance transmission
652Number of producers who increased knowledge of animal waste management practices
1590Number of animal waste management credits earned through Extension programs
44Number of Extension conducted on-site sludge surveys or equipment calibrations
728Number of producers who increased knowledge of how to prepare, mitigate, and recover from natural disasters impacting animal agriculture
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
150Number of producers who diversified their marketing strategies into local markets (direct, intermediated/food service, institutional).
20Number of new farms (beginning farmers) selling into local markets for local consumption (in this reporting period)
375Number of producers (and other members of the local food supply chain) who have increased revenue
375Number of producers adopting extension-recommended practices related to planning, marketing, and financial management
375Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to quality assurance (vaccinations, castration, culling techniques, etc.)
375Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to genetic improvement (AI, heifer/bull selection)
375Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition (mineral, feed rations)
375Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to internal parasite management (fecals, deworming)
375Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices related to pasture management
375Number of producers who adopted Extension-recommended best management practices and production changes related to nutrition, ration balancing, mineral supplement, breeding, and reproduction
39Number of waste utilization/waste management plans developed or updated
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our community development programs build strong and thriving communities.

Value* Outcome Description
8Number of participants that increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness planning, mitigation and recovery
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our 4-H youth development programs grow the skills young people need to succeed in life and career.

Value* Outcome Description
9Number of teachers trained in 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum
2570Number of youth (students) increasing knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
1290Total number of female participants in STEM program
166Number of youth (students) participating in 4-H dropout prevention (student at-risk) programs
27Number of high school age youth (students) participating as members of 4-H clubs
2570Number of youth increasing knowledge of life skills
5601Number of children/youth who improved knowledge of local food and agricultural systems.
2199Number of youth increasing/improving knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations regarding leadership
115Number of youth demonstrating increased knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
9Number of teachers using 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in their classrooms
998Number of youth (students) gaining career / employability skills
27Number of youth (students) gaining entrepreneurship skills
441Number of youth using effective life skills
25Number of youth willing to participate in conservation actions
1382Number of youth increasing their physical activity
29Number of youth volunteers serving in new or expanded roles within Extension
23Number of youth assuming new/expanded leadership roles in the community
967Number of youth increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our natural resource and environmental programs conserve our precious natural resources and maintain a clean and healthy environment.

Our consumer horticulture programs teach families and communities about environmentally friendly methods for gardening and controlling pests.

Value* Outcome Description
135Number of individuals who gain knowledge or acquire skills related to vegetable/fruit gardening
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
6Number of individuals who grow food in community gardens.
12Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting a vegetable and/or fruit garden
5Number of individuals who begin home food production by starting to raise backyard livestock.
34Number of participants who use extension-recommended best management practices in landscapes, turf, and gardens, including pest (insect, weed, disease, wildlife) and soil management
10Number of participants selecting appropriate landscape plants (adapted, drought tolerant, appropriate size, etc.)
45Number of participants growing food for home consumption
5Number of participants adopting composting
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

Our food safety and nutrition programs create a safer and more sustainable food supply and improve the health and nutrition of individuals, families, and our communities.

Value* Outcome Description
63Number of participants who increase their knowledge of safe home food handling, preservation, or preparation practices
104Number of individuals who learn how to prepare local foods, including through use of home food preservation techniques.
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.
Value* Impact Description
157Number of adults increasing their fruit and vegetables consumption
15Number of participants increasing their physical activity
126Number of participants who consume less sodium in their diet
* Note: Values may include numbers from multi-county efforts.

IV. Number of Contacts Made by Extension

Type of ContactNumber
Face-to-face* 38,330
Non face-to-face** 110,304
Total by Extension staff in 2019 148,634
* Face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make directly with individuals through one-on-one visits, meetings, and other activities where staff members work directly with individuals.
** Non face-to-face contacts include contacts that Extension personnel make indirectly with individuals by telephone, email, newsletters, news articles, radio, television, and other means.

V. Designated Grants Received by Extension

Type of GrantAmount
Contracts/Grants $58,115.00
Gifts/Donations $25,188.00
In-Kind Grants/Donations $25,046.55
United Way/Foundations $0.00
User Fees $0.00
Total $108,349.55

VI. Volunteer Involvement in Extension Programs

Number of Volunteers* Number of Volunteer Hours Known client contacts by volunteers Dollar Value at 25.43
4-H 459 1503 3695 $ 38,221.00
Advisory Leadership System 69 47 82 $ 1,195.00
EFNEP 78 851 2 $ 21,641.00
Extension Community Association 23 21592 17309 $ 549,085.00
Other: Agriculture 28 143 288 $ 3,636.00
Total: 657 24136 21376 $ 613,778.00
* The number of volunteers reflects the overall number of volunteers for multiple events.

VII. Membership of Advisory Leadership System

Duplin County Advisory Council
Ronald Simmons
Karla Kirby
Annie Lego
Dr. Ben Thigpen
Tom Fife
Angie B. Quinn
Craig Brock
Theresa Bowles
John W. Kilpatrick
Dekalb Wells
Quinn Howard
John Garner
Jesse Dowe
Ruby Brinson
Debby Scott
Sherry McCoy
Alyssa McCoy
Daniel Outlaw
Duplin County Agribusiness Council
J.W. Kilpatrick
Jo Ann Stroud
George Mainor
Gerald Wilson
Tom Fife
Betty Sauls
Gerald Miller
Stanley James
Rhonda Campbell
Gene Outlaw
David Chestnutt
Justin Edwards
Dexter Edwards
Health & Wellness Advisory Committee
Wanda Clay
Melisa Brown
Beth Ricci
Krisha Parker
Brian Jones
Alice Scott
Debby Scott
Sue Wells
Amanda Peterson
Duplin Extension and Community Association
Olivia Williams
Ruby Brinson
Theresa Bowles

Duplin 4-H Advisory Council
Ben Thigpen
Kema Boney
Beth Lanier
Sonya Rhodes
Beth Ricci

Darryl McCaster
Coastal Carolina Cattle Alliance Steering Committee
Buren Lanier
Dekalb Wells
Steve Elmore
Todd Smith
Keith Strickland
Robert Naylor
OR Blizzard
Duplin Beekeepers
Miguel Rodriguez
Jon Paul Murphy
JoAnna Hanchey
Alfred Thigpen
Leslie Gosnell
Samantha Brown Wilson
Barry Jones
Marion Jones
Wade Penny
Jeff Sartin
Jimmy Faulk
Melinda Miller
Steve Miller
Gwyn Rhodes
Earl Hardy
Kemi Adediran
Jo Lynn Drew
Craig Brock
Alan Weyhrauch
Forrest Strickland
La Verne Stevens
4-H Youth Agriculture Advisory Board
Lynn Marshburn
Shannon Bell
Jennifer Mobley
Sherry Kennedy
Amanda Williams
Gara Stanley
Erica Edwards
John Garner
Karie Jarman
Duplin County Small Farms Advisory Committee
Lenon Hickman
Ron Simmons
Cicero Dobson

VIII. Staff Membership

Amanda Hatcher
Title: County Extension Director and Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: amanda_hatcher@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Livestock Agent: Swine, Nutrient Management & Forages

Walter Adams
Title: Agriculture and Natural Resources Technician II
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: walter_adams@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Providing researched based educational information to small and limited resource farmers in Duplin and Lenoir county. I am the Pesticide Recertification Coordinator and in charge of the Pesticide Container Recycling and Pesticide Disposal in Duplin and Lenoir county. I also, work with the Farm Service Agancy, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and County Soil and Water office to help farmers with a wide variety of conservation programs.

Meghan Baker
Title: Steps to Health (SNAP-Ed) Nutrition Educator
Phone: (919) 296-2143
Email: mabaker7@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I am fortunate to serve Duplin and Sampson County as a Steps to Health Nutrition Educator. Steps to Health is NC State University's SNAP-Ed program. This program works to provide direct education programs focusing on nutrition and physical activity as well as policy, system, and environment changes focused on making, "the healthy choice the easy choice."

Marti Day
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Dairy
Phone: (919) 542-8202
Email: marti_day@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programs for dairy farmers, youth with an interest in dairy projects and the general public with an interest in dairy foods and the dairy industry.

Mike Frinsko
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture
Phone: (252) 448-9621
Email: mofrinsk@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide technical training and assistance to commercial aquaculture producers in the Southeast Extension District

Wanda Hargrove
Title: County Extension Support Specialist
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: wanda_hargrove@ncsu.edu

James Hartsfield
Title: Area Agent, Small Farm Management--A&T State
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: james_hartsfield@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide information and education programs directed at enhancing the small farmer family’s quality of life and income through the adoption of appropriate technology, alternative enterprises, farm and home planning, farm management, record keeping and marketing in Sampson and Duplin counties.

Marissa Herchler
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Animal Food Safety (FSMA Programs)
Phone: (919) 515-5396
Email: marissa_herchler@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Marissa is an Area Specialized Agent for animal food safety, with emphasis on the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules, as they apply to feed mills in North Carolina. Please contact Marissa with any FSMA related questions, or PCQI training inquiries.

Tom Hroza
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: tom_hroza@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide commercial and consumer horticulture programming leadership to Duplin Beekeepers, Nursery, Greenhouse, Landscape, Garden and Fruit production.

Bridget Huffman
Title: Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: bridget_huffman@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I provide leadership and supervision for the total 4-H Youth program in Duplin County, which also includes a PA that focuses on agriculture and livestock and another PA that focuses on substance abuse prevention. My job is also to plan, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of programs for youth ages 5-19. Duties include developing and maintaining community and after-school 4-H clubs, special interest youth programs, and in-school enrichment programs, training and management of volunteer staff, and evaluating and reporting impacts of program efforts. I also manage our county 4-H funds which includes grants and a county trust account. In addition, when the CED is absent, I provide administrative support if needed.

Sydney Johnson
Title: Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: sydney_johnson@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Implements nutrition, food safety, and food preservation programs to all residents in Duplin and Sampson counties.

Lynette Johnston
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety
Phone: (919) 515-0303
Email: lynette_johnston@ncsu.edu

Charmae Kendall
Title: 4-H Program Assistant
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: charmae_kendall@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for youth livestock projects, judging, & skillathon education. Offers agriculture education programming to schools. Assists with summer workshops, youth leadership, club activities, & presentation competitions.

Della King
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: della_king@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Responsible for educational programming for field crop growers and support for pesticide coordinator.

Colby Lambert
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Forestry
Phone: (910) 814-6041
Email: colby_lambert@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides educational opportunities and technical support to forest landowners, agents, and forest industry in eastern North Carolina.

Danny Lauderdale
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Ornamental Nursery and Greenhouse, Eastern Region
Phone: (252) 237-0111
Email: danny_lauderdale@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provides programming to commercial ornamental nursery and greenhouse producers in eastern North Carolina.

Lori McBryde
Title: Area 4-H Agent, East Region
Phone: (919) 989-5380
Email: lori_mcbryde@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Provide support the Eastern 34 Counties of the Northeast and Southeast Districts in 4-H Youth Development.

Stephanie McDonald-Murray
Title: Regional Nutrition Extension Associate - Southeast EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: stephanie_mcdonald@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Job Description: Provides programmatic supervision to the EFNEP program in the South East District.

Diana Rashash
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Water Quality/Waste Management
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: diana_rashash@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Water and wastewater issues of all types: stormwater, aquatic weed ID & control, water quality & quantity, septic systems, animal waste, land application of wastewater, environment & sustainability, climate, etc.

Adam Ross
Title: Extension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: adam_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Livestock (beef, pastured pork, goats, sheep), Youth 4H livestock.

Margaret Ross
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Poultry
Phone: (252) 670-8254
Email: margaret_ross@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Working with commercial poultry producers to assist in writing nutrient management plans and conducting educational programming.

Chip Simmons
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety
Phone: (919) 414-5632
Email: odsimmon@ncsu.edu

Alyssa Spence
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agromedicine, Farm Health & Safety
Phone: (252) 527-2191
Email: arramsey@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: I work with the NCSU Applied Ecology-Toxicology & Agromedicine Department to serve the18 counties in the Southeast District, providing health/safety resources and programming to field agents in this area.

Wesley Stallings
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture- Grain Crops
Phone: (910) 455-5873
Email: wcstalli@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Agriculture-Grain Crops

Nicole Swinson
Title: 4H EFNEP Nutrition Educator
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: nswinso@ncsu.edu

Allan Thornton
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Vegetables and Fruits
Phone: (910) 592-7161
Email: allan_thornton@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: Vegetable Extension Specialist. Conducts Extension and applied research programs for commercial vegetable and fruit growers and agents in eastern North Carolina.

Emily Walter
Title: County Extension Administrative Assistant
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: emily_walter@ncsu.edu

Jasmine Williams
Title: 4-H Prevention Coordinator
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Email: jasmine_williams@ncsu.edu

Mitch Woodward
Title: Area Specialized Agent, Watersheds and Water Quality
Phone: (919) 414-3873
Email: mdwoodwa@ncsu.edu
Brief Job Description: NC Cooperative Extension's Goals include: - NC's natural resources and environmental quality will be protected, conserved and enhanced. - NC will have profitable, environmentally sustainable plant, animal and food systems. Protecting our environmental resources, particularly drinking water quality, is a top priority in NC. NC Cooperative Extension is a leader in teaching, researching, and accelerating the adoption of effective water quality protection practices.

IX. Contact Information

Duplin County Center
165 Agriculture Dr
Kenansville, NC 28349

Phone: (910) 296-2143
Fax: (910) 296-2191
URL: http://duplin.ces.ncsu.edu